News

There’s always something to cheer about at Special Olympics Virginia! Our most recent news stories are below. You can also check out our calendar to find out what’s happening near you.

For media inquiries and questions about Special Olympics Virginia, email Holly Claytor, Vice President, Development & Communications, at [email protected] or call her at 804.726.3025.


A Message for Graduates

Athlete, Global Messenger, advocate and college student Alex Burns has a message for everyone in the Special Olympics community that are graduating during this difficult time. Even if you're not graduating, Alex's message is well worth a…

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Introducing the Virtual Torch Run

Keeping the "Fame of Hope" burning bright.Each year, thousands of members of Law Enforcement carry the "Flame of Hope" 1,900 miles across Virginia leading up to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games. With the pandemic causing Law Enforcement unique day…

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2020 Webinar Schedule

We're excited to announce our 2020 Special Olympics Virginia Webinar Schedule. Each month, we'll be hosting two unique topics to help further educate volunteers and our community on Special Olympics programming. Get yourself registered today. 1. ACCREDITATIONDATE: May 5, 2020TIME: 7:00…

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Happy National Volunteer Week

As National Volunteer Week comes to an end, we want to extend a enormous thank you to each and every volunteer across the state.You are the heartbeat of this organization and your support is not only helping improve the…

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Coronavirus – An Update for Special Olympics Virginia (3/20)

March 20, 2020Under advisement from Special Olympics International, in cooperation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend all community-based Special Olympics practices, competitions and other activities through…

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Shoot for Inclusion at Basketball Championships

800 athletes take to the courts Basketball Championships, March 6-7 in StaffordInclusion is coming to a court near you… nearly 800 Special Olympics Virginia athletes will go for gold at the annual Special Olympics Virginia Basketball Championships in Stafford this weekend…

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2 Virginia Athletes Headed to NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago

As part of the NBA All-Star 2020,12 Special Olympics athletes from around the world–including two from Virginia–will be joined by NBA& WNBA players and legends for the ninth annual NBA Cares…

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GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia announce $50K donation, continuing 25-year partnership in 2020

RICHMOND, VA– GEICO and Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) announce their continued partnership at the onset of a new decade. The Virginia-based GEICO offices have supported Special Olympics Virginia programs for almost 25 years through sponsorship, employee volunteerism and fundraising efforts. In 2020,…

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Ice-Breaking Year at Virginia Beach

4,000+ members of the Plunger Colony came together to Raise a Record-Breaking $1.350 Million for Special Olympics Virginia at 28th Polar Plunge® Festival. It was rosy cheeks, cold toes and cool costumes as far as the eye could see this weekend…

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Polar Plunge set for this weekend, Feb. 7-8, in VA Beach

Did you know a group of penguins is called a colony? We have a serious love of penguins around here thanks to the team at Vigilant Creative, who artfully led our 2020 Polar Plunge brand refresh. And the coolest colony in…

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